Viewership down but TV is stronger than ever


Some of the most popular networks on television are experiencing their show’s ratings drop but for the first time since the 1950’s, the fall TV season has lived into November without seeing a single one nixed from the schedule, according to an article on Among this list is Fox’s “Minority Report,” ABC’s “Blood & Oil” and NBC’s “The Player.”

Viewers are no longer watching their favorite shows during the time slot it normally airs, but that doesn’t mean they’re not watching them at all. Thanks to technological improvements such as DVRs and TV Anywhere platforms like Slingbox, viewers are able to watch TV on their own terms. This has resulted in an absence of show cancellations that will continue to change the television industry moving forward.

Instead of networks canceling a show all together, they have come up with a new strategy to preserve the programs they worked so hard to create. They have decided to cut the number of episodes from an average 26 episode run down to just 10 or 12 per season. Studio executives don’t want to cut a show completely when the reasoning behind bad ratings may just be a scheduling or marketing issue.  Also, with the option to record content or watch from different devices, the shows will still have plenty of viewers.

It is difficult to make predictions about the television industry, especially with new technologies continually entering the space. However, it is safe to say that the possibility of a show getting cancelled is slimmer than it’s been in the past – but don’t be upset if the amount of episodes is cut down in an effort to preserve its run all together. Even if the season of your favorite show isn’t as long as you’d hope, tune in to watch with your Slingbox! Our device expands and extends the value of your current cable TV or satellite subscription and will help you keep up with all of your fall TV favorites.


The Spartans snap the Buckeyes’ winning streak: Top 10 Sports


Your 10 most watched-programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most-watched sports.

1. NFL: Bills at Patriots
2. SportsCenter
3. NFL: Bengals vs Cardinals
4. NFL: Packers at Vikings
5. Futbol Espanol Primera Division
6. NFL RedZone LIVE
7. NFL: Titans at Jaguars
8. CFB: Michigan St at Ohio St
9. NFL: Redskins at Panthers
10. NFL: Broncos at Bears

The only college football game to make the list was last weekend’s exciting matchup between the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes.  Prior to this game, the Buckeyes had a 23-game winning streak, but it was broken by the Spartans’ last-minute upset victory when they kicked a field goal to win 17- 14 in the final seconds.

Michigan State’s victory was the first win for the Spartans against the Buckeyes since Michigan State won the 2013 Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes were pursuing the all-time Division I winning streak, which is held by the Oklahoma Sooners who won 47 consecutive games between 1953 and 1957. Beyond the record, Ohio State’s playoff dreams for this season may have been dashed with the loss as the College Football Playoff selection committee dropped them to No. 8 in the rankings this week.

Use your Slingbox to watch the final games of the season as college football teams continue to duke it out on the road to the 2016 National Championship game in Glendale, Arizona.

We’ll be back next week with more top 10 lists.

Live performances anchor the American Music Awards: Top 10 Entertainment


Your 10 most-watched programs of the week on Slingbox, entertainment edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most-watched shows.

1. The Walking Dead
2. Today
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. Grey’s Anatomy
5. Scandal
6. 2015 American Music Awards
7. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
8. How to Get Away With Murder
9. The Voice
10. ABC News Good Morning America

The 43rd Annual American Music Awards aired last Sunday from Los Angeles, California. The award show was created in 1973 for ABC when the network’s contract to present the Grammy Awards expired. The 2015 show was hosted by celebrity mogul Jennifer Lopez who performed her 1999 pop hit “Waiting For Tonight” as the show opened before transitioning into a medley of the year’s hit songs.

While the AMAs may not have the industry prestige of the Grammy Awards, the show delivers when it comes to live performances with stars including Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Coldplay and Celine Dion taking the stage. Ultimately, Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night, bringing home three awards including Favorite Pop/Rock Album, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and Song of the Year.

As awards season continues through 2016, make sure to tune in to watch all the winners with your Slingbox.

Have a great Thanksgiving! We’ll be back Friday with sports.


Award Alert: Sling Media named a Top 100 Most Innovative Bay Area Company

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For today’s blog post, we are honored to announce that Sling Media has been named one of the Top 100 Most Innovative Bay Area Companies by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. Each year, Thomson Reuters releases a list of the Top Global Innovators highlighting companies that lead us into the future, protect their inventions and commercialize their ideas. For the first time, the organization released their top picks for the San Francisco area and Sling Media is recognized among some of the most renowned names residing in Silicon Valley.

The Bay Area is home to many of the world’s leading high-tech companies and up-and-coming startups, and having Sling Media included in this list is a true honor. Innovation is the key to success in the technology industry and being named a top innovative company solidifies all the hard work and dedication that has been put into our brand and products.

Some other notable companies holding a spot on this prestigious list include Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Yahoo Inc., Visa and Square.

Check out the full list of Thomson Reuters’ Top 100 Global and San Francisco Bay Area Innovators here!

“Color Rush” Confusion on Thursday Night Football: Top 10 Sports


Your 10 most watched-programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most-watched sports:

1. SportsCenter
2. NFL: Cardinals vs. Seahawks
3. NFL: Texas at Bengals
4. NFL: Bills at Jets
5. NFL: Patriots at Giants
6. NFL: Chiefs at Broncos
7. NFL: Cowboys at Buccaneers
8. NFL: Browns at Steelers
9. CFB: Oklahoma at Baylor
10. CFB: Alabama at Mississippi

Last week’s Thursday night NFL matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets, number four on our list, made headlines due to a unique spectating struggle. Both teams wore monochromatic uniforms as part of the “Color Rush” NFL campaign launched by Nike. With the Bills wearing red and the Jets in green, colorblind NFL fans had a hard time differentiating between the two teams.

Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from some form of color blindness, and red-green color blindness is the most common type. The condition is also more prevalent in men than women.

The campaign is running for four Thursday night games and was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NFL game broadcast in color, which aired on Thanksgiving Day in 1965. After the backlash, the NFL released a statement saying they will take color blindness into account for future games.

You can catch the rest of the “color rush” matchups with your Slingbox Thursday nights on NFL Network.

We’ll be back next week with more top 10 lists.

The Young and the Restless continues to captivate: Top 10 Entertainment


Your 10 most-watched programs of the week on Slingbox, entertainment edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most-watched shows.

1. The Walking Dead
2. Today
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. The Voice
6. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
7. Grey’s Anatomy
8. Scandal
9. The Young and the Restless
10. Modern Family

Daytime drama The Young and the Restless has been a perennial favorite for Slingbox users. The long-running soap opera first aired in 1972 and since then has had more than 10,000 episodes. The show originally consisted of half-hour long episodes that aired five times a week but after spiking in popularity, it switched formats to hour-long episodes in 1980.

The Young and the Restless has won eight Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series and is currently the highest- rated daytime drama on TV in the United States. The final year of the show was slated to be 2014, but CBS decided to renew its contract through 2017. Loyal fans have applauded the move and have some more time to say goodbye before this classic leaves the air.

You can watch The Young and the Restless with your Slingbox on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on CBS.

We’ll be back tomorrow with sports.

DVR vs Live Viewing: Which Will Top?

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Viewers are starting to watch more and more of their favorite broadcast shows on their DVRs instead of live. Within just six weeks, the number of broadcast shows that were watched with a DVR rather than during their live air time has increased, according to a recent report on Media Life.

An example of this is NBC’S popular series, “The Blacklist.”  According to Nielsen data, the show had a higher seven- day-DVR- playback rating than live-same-day rating during the week of October 12. The previous week, ABC’s “Quantico” saw the same type of ratings, where its DVR playback rating exceeded its live numbers. Additionally, the CW’s, “The Originals” is also seeing higher DVR ratings, even though it is a much younger-skewing network.

As the fall television season has progressed, the percentage of DVR-playbacks has continued to increase and even outnumber live-viewing in some cases. This raises the possibility that some shows could average more DVR views than live views over their entire season. As for NBC, ABC and the CW, this would be the first time this has ever occurred for television shows within their network.

So, why are our live and DVR viewing habits changing now more than ever? For one, DVR technology has become easier to access at a more affordable cost with your cable subscription. This enables an increased number of TV viewers to join the DVR community and begin watching shows on their own terms. That leads us to the next benefit – viewing your shows when it works for you. With DVR players, you can record hours of TV content and watch later. No longer do you have to stick to a certain schedule but you finally have the ability to be entertained by TV on your on time.

It is unknown whether or not DVRs will completely take over when it comes to viewing your favorite programs but this recent data has given us a good idea of what’s to come. If you’re among the large group of DVR-watchers, don’t forget that you too can view and manage all of your recordings with your Slingplayer app on any of your devices! Slingbox is the only solution on the market that allows you to remotely view both your recorded DVR and live television content at the same time.

How do you prefer to watch your favorite TV shows?